Following its introduction onto the market in 1958 by Ciba Specialty Chemicals, a German pharmaceutical company, Dianabol quickly gained popularity among athletes, especially bodybuilders. However, this anabolic steroid was eventually classified as a banned performance enhancing drug in many countries including the US where is it is listed as a Schedule III drug under the Anabolic Steroid Act of 1990. Below are some key facts to know about Dianabol.
An Overview of Dbol
Dbol is a testosterone derivative with double bonds at carbon positions one and two that temper down its androgenic properties. Moreover, it has an extra methyl group compound at the 17th carbon position, which makes it a C17-alpha alkylated steroid. This also means D-bol has a lower androgenic rating than testosterone. After introduction into the body, Dbol activates androgen receptors and enhances muscle growth, muscle strength, protein synthesis, and glycogenolysis within a relatively short period. More importantly, it enhances the body’s nitrogen retention capability thereby preventing muscle wasting normally caused by nitrogen deficiency.
Unlike other performance enhancing drugs, Dianabol is a fast-acting anabolic steroid that produces tangible results within a few weeks. In fact, a study published by The Lancet found athletes who took Dbol increased their muscle mass and muscular strength substantially, as well as improved their performances. These effects have made Dianabol a popular bulking steroid. At this point, it is worth noting that Dbol is more of a “stacking” rather than a “base” anabolic steroid. As such, it is normally used to enhance the efficiency of other steroids such as Trenbolone (Tren) and Masteron.
D-bol is available in both oral and injectable forms. In addition, D-bol has a half-life of about 3 to 5 hours, which is very short compared to some steroids whose half-lives span days. With this in mind, most Dianabol packs come with dosage instructions ranging from 20mg to 25mg per day. Ideally, you should split this dose into three equal daily doses. It is also worth noting that overdosing may cause nasty adverse effects. Luckily, Dianabol will still produce notable results even when you use as little as 15mg daily meaning there is no need to overdose. Experienced athletes often use Dbol to kick-start a bulking cycle when stacking, but you can still use it during other training periods.
To start with, D-bol causes water retention, which could lead to high blood pressure. Heavy water retention also causes users to look bloated/overweight. Another common adverse effect is accelerated hair loss in men predisposed to male pattern baldness. In women, D-bol is known to cause the development of a muscular physique. As such, female users must be willing to forgo their feminine features. This anabolic steroid also raises bad cholesterol levels while lowering good cholesterol levels. Over time, this can cause other health issues including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack. For this reason, it is advisable to monitor and manage your cholesterol levels to avoid these and other similar health problems. For example, eating a healthy and balanced diet that is rich in omega fatty acids would help you maintain normal cholesterol levels. Like all anabolic steroids, Dbol suppresses the production of testosterone significantly, which in turn causes other health problems including low libido, fatigue, loss of muscle mass and weaker bones, according to a WebMD publication.
Dianabol is a testosterone-like anabolic steroid that is widely used by some athletes to boost performance, enhance muscle growth and muscular strength. However, Dbol is banned across most professional sports disciplines although some athletes use masking agents to hide its presence in their systems.